Port Townsend Reads …
A community coming together through reading
Winterkill is the story of Danny Kachiah, a mostly Nez Perce Native American who lives on a reservation near Pendleton supporting himself with his earnings as a rodeo cowboy. Danny's late father, Red Shirt, had been a mystical leader on the
reservation and had taught Danny the lore of the woods. After Danny's estranged wife dies in a car crash, he travels to Nebraska to retrieve their teenaged son, Jack, from the Indian boarding
school where his stepfather has sent him. The two return to Oregon where Danny tries to use the lessons he learned from Red Shirt to rebuild his relationship with Jack and to make a life "from the dreams of yesterday and the ruins of today's northwestern reservations." The book is a tale of coping with change, of fathers and sons, of modern Native American life, of the salmon, the elk,
and the spirit world.
- Related Special Events (all free)
- Author Profile
- Discussion Groups
- The Community Read Program & How it Works
Spirit of Place: A Juried Art Show All Month Northwind Arts Center—
Juror Teresa Verraes Opening Reception March 3 (Saturday) 5:30 pm
The show will feature the work of regional artists.
Student Art Display All Month Port Townsend Public Library
Grant Street School Student Art with the Spirit of Place theme.
PT Shorts - March 3 (Saturday) Cotton Building 7:30 pm
Readings from Winterkill presented by local actors.
Film - Pendleton Round-up: The Wild West Way (an OPB Oregon
Experience documentary) March 11 (Sunday) Rose Theatre Noon
An audience discussion of the film will follow the showing.
Winterkill: A Writer's Perspective
March 14 (Wednesday) Library Learning Center 7:00 pm
Presentation by Port Townsend author and editor, Adrianne Harun.
The Two Wolves Within: the Wolf in Native American Mythology
March 16 (Friday) Library Learning Center 1:00–3:00 pm
Presented by Jeanne Simmons, Library staff, and storyteller Brian Rohr, ages 10 through adult.
Back Country Bow Hunting—Slide Show and Discussion
March 17 (Saturday) Library Learning Center 5:30 pm
Bow-hunter and backpacker Jameson Hawn will share slides and stories of his adventures
into the Olympic Peninsula's backcountry in pursuit of wild places and trophy elk.
March 18 (Sunday) Jefferson County Fairgrounds Horse Arena 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Archery Clinic and Demonstration by Jameson Hawn with the Wapiti Bowmen from Port
Angeles, from 10 am to noon.
*Due to wet course conditions the barrel racing demonstration has been cancled.
Tribal Treaty Rights and Natural Resources
March 21 (Wednesday) Library Learning Center 7:00 pm
Discussion of the current state of native fishing rights issues, by Bruce Barcott, Pacific
Northwest journalist, and Scott Chitwood, Natural Resources Director for the Jamestown
Meet the Author - March 29 (Thursday) PT High School Auditorium 7:00 pm
Craig Lesley will speak about Winterkill and his experiences as an author. An audience
question session will follow his talk. Copies of his books will be available for sale to be
autographed by the author at the end of the presentation.
Craig Lesley, a lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest who was born in The Dalles, is intimately familiar with the areas in Northeast Oregon and Southwest Washington featured
in his books. He has written four novels and a memoir of his family, all featuring a strong sense of place and exploring family relationships. Lesley also edited three volumes of short stories featuring the American West. He earned his B.A. at Whitman College, and also has an M.A. from the University of Kansas and an M.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He has taught and served as writer-in-residence at Clackamas Community College, Willamette University, and Lewis & Clark College, and is currently senior writer-inresidence at Portland State University. His awards include National Endowment for the Arts and Bread Loaf fellowships, Best Novel of the Year awards from the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association for two of his novels, a Golden Spur Award from the Western Writers of America; two Pulitzer prize nominations for The Sky Fisherman and for Storm Riders; two National Endowment of the Humanities fellowships to study Native American literature, and an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Whitman College. Lesley lives with his family in Portland, Oregon.
March 5 (Monday) Book Lovers' Café 2:30 pm - Library Learning Center
March 7 (Wednesday) Library Learning Center 7:00 pm
March 12 (Monday) The Writers Workshoppe 2:30 pm - 234 Taylor Street
March 15 (Thursday) Hilltop Tavern 7:00 pm
March 20 (Tuesday) The UnderTown Café 5:00 pm
March 21 (Wednesday) Northwind Arts Center 3:00 pm
The City of Port Townsend has proclaimed March as the official "Reading Month." Community Read is designed to promote closer ties among community members through the shared experience of reading, sharing and discussing the same book and ideas related to topics raised by the book.
• A limited number of free copies of the book will be available at the Port Townsend
Public Library on a first-come first-served basis. Additional copies will be available at the Library on two-week loans; or you may purchase a copy at the Library circulation desk.
• Read the book; then pass it on to others.
• Prepare for a discussion about the book with your own book group or join in the groups listed below. A brochure with discussion issues and questions is available at the Library.
• Promote the program by wearing a button (available at the Library) that says: "I'm Reading It!"
• Attend the many related events in the community during the month of March.
The 2012 Community Read is sponsored and solely-funded by the Friends of the Port Townsend Library. Thank you to our other associates: Port Townsend Jefferson County Leader, Rose Theatre, Port Townsend School District, Wapiti Bowmen, Jefferson County 4-H, Northwind Arts Center and Key City Players (for PT Shorts).